Family Farm

The Niemi Family

Farm Story

Marjo grew up on a farm in Finland with 13 siblings. When her parents gave her a small plot of her own, she started her first vegetable garden and she was hooked. She knew someday she’d have her own farm. She came to Canada for a visit and then decided to move here. She worked at a nursing home and that compassion for people shows through everything she does.

She met Peter, a fellow Finlander who was born in Finland and moved to Canada as an infant. They married in 1988 and moved to Bradford. Peter worked as an electrician and Marjo was pretty busy with their family of 10 children, yes 10! Marjo’s dream of owning her own farm was always there though and in 2004, the dream came true. Marjo and Peter purchased a 25-acre farm in Herald Road in Sharon. They grew organic vegetables, fruit, trees, and flowers….and it was the flowers that captured her heart.

Marjo loved being in nature, she said nothing compares to the satisfaction you get from growing beautiful flowers. She lead by example to teach her children about the value of hard work. But Marjo has something special, a kind heart and a contagious energy, a magnetic personality that draws in everyone who meets her.

She started the East Gwillimbury Farmers’ Market with her perennials. In addition to being a vendor, she also took on the Market Manager role for a few seasons. Then in 2018, her daughter Carolina took on the role. Yes, that entrepreneurial spirit runs in the family.

Always baking for her kids, Marjo thought why not see if other people like my baking. Well they sure did. At first Marjo baked at home and brought her baking to the markets but then they purchased a bakery trailer so Marjo could bake onside at farmers’ markets. In 2018 they were at three markets and in 2019, they plan to be at four. Their beautiful flowers, trees, and arrangements keep customers coming back. In 2015 Marjo and Peter moved to a new location in Mt Albert, on Highway 48, just 2 km north of Davis Drive.

Marjo continued to “grow” her business into more than just perennials and soon added Christmas greenery – trees, wreaths, and arrangements. In 2018, they introduced their Niemi Christmas Village. And wait till you see that new bakery on wheels…you won’t be able to resist Marjo’s bakery now with daughter Ashley working alongside. And Carolina? Oh yes, she’s got a vision for a cut flower business…keep an eye on Niemi Family Farm…it’s a beautiful thing to see a family truly working together.

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